A new way of managing / treating knee pain
If you’ve started to experience knee pain you’re not alone, more that 17.6% of the Australian adult population aged over 45 experience knee pain at least on a weekly basis. It is possible that for some people such pain may be the early stages of osteoarthritis.
The symptoms associated with knee pain:
- Occasional joint pain: you might experience this as mild, intermittent or just uncomfortable pain and may signify the breakdown of the flexible joint tissue known as the cartilage. At this stage the pain usually reduces over time when the knee is rested or the leg elevated.
- Increasingly persistent pain: as the joint continues to deteriorate knee pain may persist, become painful at night and even cause insomnia or other sleep difficulties.
- Stiffness and difficulty maintaining a normal full range of motion and flexibility in the knee: at this stage of cartilage deterioration knee pain really starts to interfere with quality of life and can limit participation in normal daily activities.
So, what are the options for daily relief of knee pain?
If the symptoms I’ve written about sound a bit like your experience, what are your options for managing your knee pain or osteoarthritis?
It may sound contradictory to recommend that you keep moving the knee, especially when standing, walking and bending your knee causes pain and swelling. It might be difficult at first but over time, continuing to be active will reduce the pain, improve joint mobility and may even help maintain the cartilage of the knee. We sometimes forget that the human body is made to move and be active rather than being sedentary. Exercise will improve and strengthen the muscles around the knee which will slow the progression of the osteoporosis.
What about pain relief? Currently most sufferers of knee pain and osteoarthritis use over the counter paracetamol (panadol) to help manage the pain on an ‘as needed’ basis. While using paracetamol is a reasonable medium term strategy, regular long term use is generally not recommended as even mild analgesics can have negative effects when used over a long period.
Alternatives to commonly uses analgesics
With our research group, I am currently investigating and trialling a new analgesic (pain relief) medication that works directly on the nervous system to reduce pain and improve sleep at the same time.
This medication is being tested as an alternative to the paracetamol, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen, as it is safer to use long term that currently available analgesics.
Trialling the new medication
If you suffer from knee pain or have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis would like to see if this new medication works for you and alleviates your symptoms you can trial the medication free.
Over the next 8 weeks we are running a fully funded clinical trial evaluating the potential of this new pain relief medication for the management of mild to moderate knee pain in men and women aged between 40 and 75. If you think this may be for you and you’re interested in taking part, or just want to know a little more about it, simply fill in the form below and I’ll be in touch to answer any questions you have and if you fit the criteria and want to test the medication, enrol you in the trial.
Dr Beth Steels
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Knee Pain Enquiry Form
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Lets have a look at the Integrative Health Model.
Integrative Health emphasises the combined use of conventional and alternative ways to support the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects of wellness.
As a biochemist / scientist, I understand we need to develop robust scientific rationale behind our medicines for both prevention and treatment of dis-ease.
However, in order to evaluate a treatment under this scientific / medical model, firstly there must be a test method available and secondly, it requires the treatment to work in exactly the same (biochemical) way in everyone.
This system works well for supporting physical health such as treatments for blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
However, we do not have the tools to measure, scientifically, many other aspects to our health and many alternative treatments are so individualised that they would fail under the rigorous clinical trial process we use to judge effectiveness of pharmaceuticals and botanicals.
So it is likely that our approaches to improving “happiness” which may include my prescription of daily “sun-time”, “laughter” and “hugs” will remain as an alternative approach for many years to come.
…..the season is upon us…….
There are a number of very effective treatments for combating the virus’s that cause the common cold and flu symptoms. The most important key in using these treatments is to start taking small doses of these remedies regularly, as in every 3-4 hours, as soon as you feel the symptoms starting to occur.
These treatments include the nutrients vitamin C and zinc as well as ginger and garlic oil extracts. These ingredients will fight the cold virus itself. For symptom relief, while the body is under attack, use a natural pain relief such as willow bark. Support to reduce muscle aches and help sleep can be aided with the likes valerian.
We found in a double blind clinical trial that this medicinal combination and a regular prescribed dosing regime, was highly effective at shortening the duration of a cold. When we get an infection, our body’s immune system is compromised….so your treatment should also include rest, relaxation and lots of fluids, even in winter.
We are currently recruiting for a clinical study looking at herbal treatments for the symptoms of menopause.
Menopause is a natural process…..apparently. Menopause comes with an array of unpleasant symptoms which may persist for many years. Most of these symptoms, hot flushes, poor sleep, mood changes. weight gain and slow metabolism, have been attributed to the ovaries reducing the production of oestrogen. The aim of this study is to trial herbal medicines for reducing the symptoms and to gain a better understanding of the role of progesterone, oestrogen and testosterone so that we can tailor solutions to get through menopause.
For those of us involved in Research, and especially in the publishing of our new discoveries, which may only be a few pages in length, is the culmination of a lot of hours in the lab, the clinic and at the desk with the analytical writing. This seemingly simple process can at times take years of research before it is published.
The published research usually signifies that a question has been answered …… but more often than not, this only opens the door to more questions.
That is the nature of Research. This industry requires intellect, persistence, stamina and a cache of time….not for the feint-hearted.
I was watching some of our seniors walking and and jogging along the river here at New Farm as I had my early morning coffee today.
Maybe without knowing it, they are practising one of the most important secrets of health and longevity, one of which is being lost in our technological age.
On a fundamental neurological and biochemical level, we function most effectively when we get up with the sun and sleep with the moon watching over us.
Believe it or not, our hormones are biochemically responsive to the sun, moon and tides. The emerging biochemical research in this area is fascinating (to me) but if chemistry is not your thing……..still how about trying to get up that little bit earlier and walk in the shadow of the rising sun……
Let me know how it feels……
Breakfast for the mind.
Dr Elizabeth Steels now has a clinic in Redcliffe.
- University of Queensland Medical Research Centre.
- 106 Anzac Ave. Redcliffe
Consultations are by appointment only, to make an appointment please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Elizabeth (Beth) Steels
‘A CLINICAL nutritionist, biochemist, teacher and researcher for 20 years, Elizabeth (Beth) Steels firmly believes success comes when there’s a healthy balance between family, lifestyle and work.
Elizabeth’s company IHG Trials, conducts clinical trials on nutraceuticals and herbal medicines to determine their effectiveness and understand their biochemistry.
Elizabeth says her supportive family underpins her passion and interest in preventative and natural medicines.
“Success comes for me at different levels,” Elizabeth said. “Firstly being the best parent I can be and to bring my children up to follow their dreams.”
“It’s also about finding new information that contributes to a healthy world. I get a lot of satisfaction in helping people find solutions to their health problems”
Clinical trials on natural medicines is now where her interests lay and Elizabeth is currently looking for people to assist her studies on treatments for ageing-related problems in menopause, joint pain and for men with prostate problems.
“Personally, my goal is to stay fit and healthy and watch my children grow into great adults, and one day I would love to set up an educational health retreat,” Elizabeth said.
“Professionally, I want to continue researching, teaching and writing and helping people find the safest solutions to their health problems.”
People interested in participating in clinical trials can email Elizabeth at email@example.com.
Published in the New Farm Village News – May 2015 – Women in Business Feature